| ||Ask HN: Which books teach mental models?|
473 points by wintercarver 9 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 91 comments |
|Read the piece by Mutaschak yesterday and found myself agreeing with components of the piece but distinctly feeling that some well-crafted books take a more active role in conveying and teaching mental models than simply summarized facts (which can be done well, but is subject to being forgotten).|
The question, then, is what books effectively introduced a new mental model or perspective?
Two recent examples from my own reading, non-fiction and fiction:
Loonshots (Bahcall) - model & "rules" for structure of innovation in orgs is introduced, discussed from various perspectives, examples given, summarized in text, repeated.
Overstory (Powers) - character stories all reinforce the perspective of an alternative relationship with trees and plants, the giant ecosystem and systems thinking.
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